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St. George's and The Eastern Parishes

St. George's and Hamilton are about 10 miles and 200 years apart. The latter wasn't even incorporated as a town until 1792; and by the time Hamilton became capital in 1815, St. George's had already celebrated its bicentennial.

The settlement of Bermuda began in what is now the Town of St. George (or St. George's) when the Sea Venture—flagship of an English fleet carrying supplies to Jamestown, Virginia—was wrecked on Bermuda's treacherous reefs in 1609. Four hundred years later, no visit to the island would be complete without a stop in this picturesque and remarkably preserved example of an early New World outpost.

Although St. George's is a living community—not a living-history museum—it retains the patina of authenticity. In fact, in 2000 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. That designation puts it on a par with spots like the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India. But don't expect awe-inspiring edifices here. On the contrary, St. George's chief charm lies in tiny walled cottages, simple colonial churches, and labyrinthine alleys that beg to be explored.

Also over in the east of the island, you will find the parishes of Smith’s and Hamilton. This is probably the quietest corner of the island, so it’s a great spot to enjoy tranquil nature trails. Tucked away in Hamilton Parish, however, you’ll find two of the island’s biggest attractions: the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, and Crystal Caves. The East End is also home to some of Bermuda’s finest golf courses.

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